Profiling Coordination Training (PCT)

The Profiling Coordination Training (PCT) is a practical, hands-on course held over six days. Set in the fictional country of Freedonia, it takes participants through the profiling process from start to finish, and focuses on the role of the profiling coordinator. It has been run successfully since 2012.

Participants tend to be government officials and members of humanitarian and development organisations who are looking to build on their operational, technical and coordination competencies.

PCT Dakar, June 2019

It’s set: our next Profiling Coordination Training will take place on June 15 – 21, 2019 in Dakar, Senegal. Led by JIPS, the 6-day training will be co-facilitated by OCHA and IOM.

The regional edition of the PCT will be facilitated in French. We specifically encourage colleagues from government and national statistics offices working on displacement to participate (read our eligibility criteria).

This training offers participants the opportunity to develop tailored approaches to profiling, taking their contexts into account. Enhancing the capacity for conducting future profiling exercises, this PCT also provides a platform to create regional collaborative networks.


Toute la formation à Dakar sera tenue en français, pour postuler veuillez :

What does the course include?

PCT’s content is built around our experience of profiling in protracted displacement situations and is based on our competency framework for profiling coordination.

Participants are equipped with a range of skills, including:

  • Identifying when profiling is the most appropriate approach
  • Understanding who the key players are
  • Establishing a collaborative platform
  • Developing an effective methodology
  • Creating questionnaires, analysis plans and advocacy strategies
  • Organising the collection, processing and analysis of data
  • Developing collaborative recommendations
  • Disseminating results

PCT’s practical emphasis gives participants the sense that they have actually undertaken a profiling exercise, improving their technical knowledge and their confidence to carry out a real project in the future.

Training materials and country scenario

The PCT is built around the fictional country scenario of Freedonia. Revised in autumn 2018, it reflects our displacement profiling experience over the last years, and hence ensures that participants’ experience is close to the situations and challenges they might come across in real life. The scenario outlines two complex protracted crises:

  • A longstanding civil war that led to the displacement of thousands of people in Freedonia.
  • Cyclical natural disasters that lead to periodical displacement in the country.

The country scenario comes with three datasets from profiling exercises in different parts of the country: an urban and a rural one, as well as one dataset covering hard-to-reach areas. Participants thus acquire expertise in profiling of distinct displacement settings and also learn to use a mixed approach combining quantitative and qualitative methods.

The PCT content and practical exercises have inspired and been integrated into many of our partners’ training courses. If you wish to get a sneak peek into the new Freedonia or use it for your own trainings, get in touch!

How to apply

To apply for PCT, candidates are required to fill in an application form and enclose their CV and authorisation from their employer. JIPS encourages applications from colleagues in government, national statistical offices and NGOs and UN agencies working in the humanitarian and development sectors. Priority is given to applicants from operations where a collaborative profiling exercise is planned or needed.

Join us at these upcoming events

  • Partner Event
    27 May 19 - 31 May 19

    UN-Habitat Assembly 2019

  • Partner Event
    06 Jun 19 - 06 Jun 19

    Urban Profiling: How to start with a shared understanding in urban contexts (webinar)

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